The majority of students on these Diploma courses will be progressing onto degree courses in the autumn. A recent Universities UK report indicated that over the past decade the number of students with vocational Level 3 qualifications progressing to university has doubled. Students from Truro and Penwith College, because of their high-grade achievement, are well placed to take full advantage of the opportunities this offers.
On BTEC L3 Extended Diploma courses nearly 450 students achieved at least a triple Distinction (equivalent to three Grade A’s at A Level). This equates to 64% of BTEC students, whereas nationally only just over a third of students achieve these higher grades. Indeed, over 250 students achieved the very highest grade possible, the triple Distinction star. There was similar high achievement for students following creative arts and media-based courses with over half of the 175 students gaining Distinctions on their University Arts for London Extended Diploma courses.
Examples of students whose fantastic results have resulted in them progressing to university are Molly Caudery from Redruth and Harriet Hickling from St Austell. Molly achieved a triple Distinction star in her Extended Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science and is progressing to study Marine Biology at the University of Florida. This incredible result was achieved while training and competing internationally in pole vault, which saw her represent England at the Commonwealth Games in Australia in April. Harriet also achieved a triple Distinction star in her Extended Diploma in Children’s Play, Learning and Development (Early Years Educator) and is progressing to study at the prestigious Norland College to become a Norland Nanny.
Kitty Smith from Helston is off to study Song Writing at the British and Irish Modern Institute, Robin Whitehouse, who is also from Helston, is off to study Fine Art at the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague in the Netherlands and Carter Moorse from Newquay is taking on an Apprenticeship in IT, highlighting further the variety in destinations for the students.
In addition, four hundred students gained Diplomas in occupational areas such as Beauty Therapy, Construction, Hairdressing, Professional Cookery and Light Vehicle Maintenance with around 100 of these being at Level 3 (A Level equivalent).
Mark Arnold, Director of Quality at the College, said: “The exceptional achievements of our students on these courses means they have the best possible progression opportunities onto university, into employment or Apprenticeships. Key to this success is the wide range of vocational employment-linked courses on offer at the College. Over the 25 years, since the opening of the College, we have widened our vocational provision to over 20 different Extended Diploma courses, as well as many other full-time, specialist occupational and skills-based courses to ensure that students are able to choose the right course for them.
“Throughout this growth, the quality has been maintained and students benefit from excellent teaching and facilities and hence are able to achieve these fantastic results. All staff here are delighted for these students and wish them well in the great progression opportunities their success has made possible.”